Overholtzer waiting for doctor's verdict

Arundel senior's availability for baseball playoffs in doubt after latest injury

Severna Park's Jenkins nears softball records

all-star baseball doubleheader set

Notebook

May 10, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Arundel baseball player Corey Overholtzer has had more than his share of disappointing injuries over the past two seasons since transferring from Riverdale Baptist.

"I've had absolutely the worst luck you can have on the baseball diamond," Overholtzer said. "It hurts even more watching my team play and having to sit out when all I really want to do is play baseball."

The injuries have come late in the season. The senior missed last season's postseason run by the Wildcats to the Class 4A state final, and the talented left-handed-hitting outfielder's availability for the coming playoffs were uncertain going into this week.

"The doctor thinks it is a torn meniscus [left knee], but he told me I could play as long as I take pain medicine," said Overholtzer, who returned to the lineup Friday and went 2-for-4 with an infield hit and a double in the Wildcats' 3-1 victory at Severna Park after missing several games.

"I just got an MRI [Thursday], but we won't know the results of that until [this] week. Until then, I'm going to take a couple 100 milligrams, just play and stick through it."

Overholtzer said every time he runs "it feels like someone is stabbing me in the knee."

Last spring, the sweet-swinging Overholtzer was leading the area in hitting at .651 (28-for-43, only one strikeout) when he suffered a groin injury in practice that sidelined him right before the playoffs.

The injury required surgery, ending his season.

The injury to his knee this season had Arundel coach Bernie Walter puzzled because it did not appear serious at first.

"When he first did it, he was day-to-day, and after a few days, we didn't know what to expect," said Walter, whose No. 2 Wildcats clinched the county regular-season title at Severna Park and will play in the county championship game at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow. "We will know more after he gets the results of the MRI."

Jenkins update

Kaila Jenkins, the Severna Park softball ace for the past four years, continues to close in on season and career pitching records, and has added a hitting record to her list of accomplishments.

Jenkins, who already holds the county career mark for strikeouts by a pitcher and is closing in on 900, enters tomorrow's county championship game with 137 hits, two shot of the state career record. She has tied the state record for career triples with 15. On Friday, Jenkins (14-4) posted her 14th win, giving her 62 (against 13 losses) for her career, two short of the county record held by Jennifer Grinath, a 1989 Northeast graduate, who was 64-11..

Jenkins pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in an 11-0 rout of Arundel for her ninth shutout this season, three short of the county record of 12 by Grinath in 1989.

Seeing stars

The senior all-star baseball doubleheader between Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County that started last year is set for June 3 at 4 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. All county schools are invited to participate.

For information, call Northeast coach Larry Williams at 443-286-7550 or Severna Park coach Jim McCandless at 410-371-0846.

Quick hits

Jamie Leventry, an assistant to Julie Allen last season, has been named volleyball coach at Severna Park. Allen resigned after five seasons with a record of 70-20 (.778). ...

Marissa McPhail, All-County and second-team All-Metro in cross country, has signed with Fresno State. ...

Sprinter-hurdler Robin Yerkes of Broadneck is headed to Roanoke College. Yerkes is a county champion in the 55-meter hurdles and 300 meters. ...

Arundel was a double-winner in Saturday's 37th Anne Arundel County Relays at Annapolis. The Wildcats boys team beat Gilman, 80-50, while the Wildcats girls tied Chesapeake for first place with 46 points. ...

Regional first-round games in boys and girls lacrosse start tomorrow, with the state finals set for May 23-24 at UMBC. ...

Regional first-round games in baseball and softball begin Friday, with the baseball finals at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for the first time, May 26-27. ...

The softball finals will be played at the University of Maryland Softball Complex, May 25-26. ...

Northeast senior shortstop Carolyn Jenkins, who also played four years of soccer and basketball, will graduate with 12 varsity letters and is headed to Anne Arundel Community College for a semester, then to the University of Maryland. patomalleysports@aol.com

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